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Mercy Corps has worked in Somalia since 2005. Despite Somalia’s reputation of instability, the northern parts of Somalia are relatively calm and functioning. Still, more than two decades of civil strife and extremism have resulted in a group of people who have been displaced from their homes for years and are dependent on government and humanitarian interventions.
Somalia is now at the risk of famine. The number of people in need of assistance has increased from 5 million in September 2015 to over 6.2 million in February 2017 — more than half of the country’s population. Drought, flooding and ongoing conflict threaten the food security of people who are already living in a precarious economic situation. If drought conditions worse, hundreds of thousands of children will be at risk of starvation.
While some people are now choosing to return to their homes after years of displacement, they still face challenges. Poor weather conditions and other stresses threaten the stability of entire communities, and continue to make families vulnerable to food insecurity and loss of livelihoods.
- Emergency response: Distributing food and clean water to displaced and returnee families.
- Conflict & Governance: Providing technical assistance to help build local governments' capacity and accountability.
- Economic opportunity: Providing training, cash assistance and livelihood support to restore incomes and strengthen local economy.
- Children & Youth: Increasing education, economic and civic participation opportunities for youth to reduce instability.
- Women & Gender: Promoting equitable opportunities and garnering community support for girls and women to attend school.
All stories about Somalia
Somalia: Healing the wounds of natural resource conflict in Somalia
It was one of my toughest decisions ever to join Mercy Corps in Somaliland as the Project Officer for the People-to-People Environmental Peacebuilding Program. My main motivation was twofold, to join as a humanitarian and for personal career development.
Somalia: Broader perspective from a bigger team
Joint monitoring trips are the most exciting visits, in my opinion, to go and see Mercy Corps' program activities.
Somalia: More reliable water for less
Somalia: A lot has changed
It was a long journey full of rough terrains and sleepless nights while we were assessing the areas that have been hit by droughts in the Bari Region of Puntland, Somalia. Farmers and pastoralists lost most of their assets and suffered from lack of water.
Somalia: Logistics report from a Somalian road
Somalia: Stitching together her place in the market
It was midday and the weather wasn’t favorable. The heat was scorching and everyone wanted to be in the shade.
Somalia: Encouraging local culture through peaceful change
Somalia: On TV, in Somalia
One night in mid-December, a colleague called me giggling hysterically: “I saw you on TV … next to the Vice President!” When I put the phone down, it started vibrating with text messages.
Somalia: Fighting for survival
In my daily field supervision of program activities, I encounter different scenarios about the people we support. Some are strong and challenging, while others are somewhat weakened by life's difficulties.
Somalia: My introduction
Life was fair enough when I got a job as soon as I finished school. It was my first time in the world of non-governmental organizations and there was a lot to expect in such a challenging environment.